Southeast in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“The Healing Poles”
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[Rendering of the Healing Totem Poles] Liberty - Freedom
A male bear [carving on pole at left] represents Father Sky above the Grandfather Sun.
A female bear [carving on pole at right] represents Mother Earth above the Grandmother Moon on the Turtleís shell.
The Symbolism in the Poles begins with its basic structure, a framework representing a house, reminding all Americans that we live under one roof; we are one family. The colors red, yellow, black, and white are united in these poles, representing the four races here in America.
A Healing Pole is a celebration of culture that connects the past and present. While it may commemorate a tragedy or honor the dead its power reaches beyond the loss to actually touch each viewer with the power to heal grief.
“Native people know what grief is. We know what pain and suffering
The Turtle is a representation of Turtle Island, a symbol often used for North America.
The Lummi carvers of Washington State felt a spiritual call to add the turtle to the healing pole as they were carving, but did not understand why they felt called to include this symbol.
It was not until the end of the 4,500 mile journey across the continent when the poles were delivered into the care of the Piscataway Tribe of Maryland, that the deeper connection was revealed: the Turtle is also the Piscataway clan symbol and the Anacostia riverbank was their homeland, where the Healing Poles now reside.
Created to help our Nation heal from the wounds of September 11, 2001, the poles made a spiritual journey of 4,500 miles across the country, stopping 13 times along the way for blessings from local Indian tribes.
The poles were temporarily raised for a welcoming ceremony at the Pentagon on September 19, 2004 and
[logo of the TKF Foundation:] “Open Spaces – Sacred Places”
Erected 2004 by TKF Foundation.
Location. 38° 52.825′ N, 76° 58.792′ W. Marker is in Southeast, District of Columbia, in Washington. Click for map. The memorial is in the western section of the Historical Congressional Cemetery off the Prout Street walkway, south of the TKF Foundation Garden, and west of Congress Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 E Street, SE, Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Philip Sousa (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barney at Bladensburg (about 400 feet away); U.S. Arsenal Explosion Memorial (about 400 feet away); General Peterson Goodwyn (about 600 feet away); Heroes of 1814 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Congressional Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elbridge Gerry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seafarers Yacht Club (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Southeast.
Also see . . .
1. About TKF Foundation. "Open Spaces, Sacred Places"
2. Congressional Cemetery - American Indian Tour.
3. Pentagon Presented 9/11 'Healing Poles' (2004).
Additional keywords. "Lummi 9/11 Healing Pole"; "Ward 6 September 11th Memorial"; American Indians; totem poles; Jewell James ("Indian" Name: tse-Sealth).
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Credits. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,238 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 29, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.